Mangaluru: The Dakshina Kannada District Administration and Zilla Panchayat, District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit, District Health and Family Welfare Office, Lions Club Mangaluru- Netravathi, St Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangaluru, Youth Red Cross, NSS Wing and Red Ribbon Clubs of Mangalore University and Blood Bank, District Wenlock Hospital jointly organised a Blood Donation and Blood Grouping Camp on the occasion of the International Youth Day celebration on Friday, August 31, in LF Rasquinha Hall, LCRI Block.
Dr M.R. Ravi, Chief Executive Officer, D.K. Zilla Panchayath inaugurated the programme. Principal Rev. Dr Praveen Martis SJ presided over the programme.
Dr Ramakrishna Rao, District Health and Family Welfare Officer, Dr Badruddin M.N., District AIDS Prevention and Control Officer, Dr Sharath Kumar Rao J, Medical Officer, District Wenlock Hospital, Prof. Rajashekar Hebbar C., Principal, GFGC, Carstreet, Mangaluru, Prof. Vineetha, NSS Officer, Mangalore University, Smt Jyothi Shetty, President, Lions Club Mangalore- Netravathi and Sri Isaac Daren Cutinho, Secretary, Red Ribbon Unit, St Aloysius College, Mangaluru were the guests.
Addressing the students Dr M.R. Ravi said that the youth have become products of globalization. They have independent thoughts and take decisions quickly. Hence, the youth should be very very careful in their decisions. Today’s youth tend to blindly follow celebrities or cricketers as role models. Instead, they should consider their parents as role models and lead a moral life, he advised.
District Health and Family Welfare Officer, Dr Ramachandra Rao, in his address, informed about the various initiatives taken up by the District Administration in collaboration with various organizations to create awareness about youth health among the masses. He emphasized the importance of donating blood along with maintaining sound mental health.
Dr Sharath Kumar Rao J, Medical Officer, District Wenlock Hospital, informed about the importance of blood donation and advised the youth to maintain good physical and mental health.
Registrar of St Aloysius College, Dr A.M. Narahari was also present.